Charles Taylor

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For 367 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Yi Yi
Lowest review score: 0 Hannibal
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Alexander Payne's new movie, Sideways, makes you feel like you're trapped at dinner with a wiseass who's trying to convince you what a sensitive guy he is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Had Payne the grace or generosity to present the vulgarity and naiveté and tackiness of these characters as something vital and endearing and delightful, the movie might have been explosively funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Calle 54 doesn't have that coherence or vision of the "Buena Vista Social Club."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    When one of the young women Vera attends to nearly dies of complications, the police arrest her -- and the movie goes thud, taking Staunton's performance along with it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    A singularly unpleasant movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Whenever Harris or Tobolowsky come on-screen they stop Memento dead in its clever tracks. You want to tell Nolan to stop all the po-mo deconstructive game playing and pay attention to the two human beings in front of him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    "Larry Flynt" should have a slick, whorish look, but there's no juice in Forman's sleaze. Hustler's centerfolds look like Renoirs next to the cold-eyed way Forman shoots women's bodies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    The Thin Red Line, either by incompetence or willful perversity, dispenses with plot, characterization, dramatic structure and emotional payoffs in favor of the sort of painstakingly composed pictorial diddling that invariably gets critics frothing about the director's "indelible" images.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    None of the characters in Magnolia feel as vividly imagined as the porn stars and filmmakers and hangers-on of "Boogie Nights."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    A large part of the movie's problem is that both the characters and the actors who portray them serve as vehicles for Ramsay's stylistic flourishes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    It's a noble undertaking. But why isn't it a better movie? Told in scattered fashion, the movie only intermittently lives up to the stories and faces and music of the men who are its subject. Part of the problem is the narration.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Well-enough made and highly watchable, but it lacks the one thing that would put some swing in its step and some swagger in its attitude: a sense of jazz.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    At its best, State and Main is fast and sharp, but when a movie like this goes off the rails, it's more disappointing than when a bad movie does.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    As a movie, it's a disaster. As political speech, it's imprecise, shrill and sometimes clichéd, but it's also alive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Carefully made, respectful and dull.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Isn't a good movie. It's drab, visually ugly and a little pokey...but the two heroines are so recognizable as real girls, and the young actresses who play them are so appealing, that you keep rooting for these kids.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Though I admire much of what Cuesta does in L.I.E., the film didn't give me much pleasure. I didn't find it unpleasant or repulsive; it's just that I felt he was too much outside the story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    What's the point of setting up a historical fantasia around an invented character if you're only going to make her part of the scenery?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    A consistently engrossing piece of work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    It's deluxe and handsome and has no soul.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    To borrow a phrase from Pauline Kael, Intimate Strangers suggests bits of Alfred Hitchcock and bits of Woody Allen. But the wrong bits.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Just a bad movie, with more bits of good acting and flashes of director's invention than you get in most bad movies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Like too many young filmmakers, Anderson seems to equate honesty with choppy editing, bad lighting (so harsh in a couple of shots you can see the pancake on Davis' face) and herky-jerky camera movements.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    There's some good acting in this mess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    A little more flair and polish could have made Girlfight a terrific movie instead of just the decent one it is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    A slack, tepid picture stuck in a no man's land between satire and drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Elephant is not as bad as the National Rifle Association's decision to hold a pro-gun rally near Columbine High School shortly after the killings. Unlike the NRA, Van Sant doesn't have blood on his hands. But he shares something of its callousness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    The picture is moderately diverting. But it's never much fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The problem is that the charm and good spirits of Amélie feel calculated rather than natural.

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